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I recently wrote about another plus-sized woman who wanted taxpayers to foot the bill for her to have an additional seat since she could not fit in one. Today, Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported on another TikTok “influencer” who says she was discriminated against because she couldn’t squeeze down the aisle due to her large size. (Featured image taken from Olivimbpp0t’s TikTok video below.)
In her video she states, “Honestly, it’s discrimination that they can’t build wider aisles in airplanes 2023.” She is shown trying to maneuver through United’s Polaris cabin and has difficulty getting all of herself through the aisle. I hope that she purchased two seats, because if not, I feel sorry for the passenger that had to sit beside her in Economy. There is no way that she would fit in a single seat.
The sense of entitlement stems from a shift in some societal attitudes. While I do not think it is right to fat shame, there is a line when it shifts to glorifying obesity. Airline seats are cramped. Carriers want to add more seats and make more money. While this has been happening, people have not gotten smaller and in many cases, seats just cannot contain them. This cry of discrimination is unfounded. I’m six foot, five inches tall and cannot stand up straight on many regional jets. Should the planes be made taller? No. I duck and move to my seat. It’s the same for width, squeeze through and take your seat.
US carriers do not handle this as well as some of their foreign competitors. Last year, a Brazilian plus-sized woman slammed Qatar Airways after it refused to let her travel in Economy Class. The carrier demanded that she pay extra for a premium seat so that she would fit. Qatar Airways released a statement saying, “anyone who impedes upon the space of a fellow traveller and cannot secure their seatbelt or lower their armrests may be required to purchase an additional seat both as a safety precaution and for the comfort and safety of all passengers.” I agree with Qatar and applaud them thinking about other passengers and not just making accommodations based on demands.
Anthony’s Take: This is another example of the problem being everyone else’s fault. It’s not easy to lose weight. I want to lose some myself. I also understand that weight gain has lots of causes that are not always gluttony. But, to expect special treatment, free seats, or an aircraft redesign is ludicrous. It’s also not discrimination. Everyone walks down the same aisle.
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